Al Horford, commenting on wanting to start or being comfortable going back to the bench, said, “For me, I just want us to be playing well and to be playing at a high level. I’m going to continue to work and be an assistance to a team any way I can.” (Keith Pompey on Twitter)
He also went on to say, “I do know for us to be successful. I have to play with different lineups. I have to play with Joel [Embiid] sometimes. I have to play with different people. It really doesn’t matter.” Whether it is genuine or not, Horford’s egoless understanding about where he stands on the team could be taken as a big positive, especially as the Sixers prepare to play with the unknowns found in the environment of the “bubble.” It is fair to say that the Joel and Al mash-up has underwhelmed this season; however, it is also fair to say that the hope that something will “click” remains. Despite synergetic challenges, Horford has played true to his abilities and has put up respectable numbers, averaging 30.8 minutes of playing time, 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, .9 steals, and .9 blocks. You could almost say, although unfortunate, that this break came at the right time, allowing players to get healthy while building their appetite for competition. Should this be true for Horford, he would be worth a look in all fantasy formats and a must-start in deep-league play.